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Essential 8: Disciplined Discipleship

1. Essential 5: Walking by the Spirit
2. Essential 6: Empowered by the Spirit
3. Essential 7: Forgiveness and Reconciliation
4. Essential 8: Disciplined Discipleship


 – Share the most disciplined season of your life; what was the outcome? This is not a question about spiritual disciplines, just disciplines in general. For example: A family wedding was coming up and you wanted to get in really good shape or studying for school to get into college or “hell week” at football training. When where you most disciplined and what was the outcome?

– Share your notes from the teaching, what impacted you? Was there a moment you sensed the Holy Spirit?


Hebrews 12:11
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Mark 1:35-37
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him,37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

Eph. 4:20-24
That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Matt. 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

UNcomplicate it:

UNcomplicate it:

  • Why are spiritual disciplines important for our faith? Why are they important to our growth?
  • Of the following spiritual disciplines, which two are the easiest and which two are the most un-practiced? Meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship & celebration.
  • What would you say are the top three most transformational disciplines for you?
  • Share a time that pursuing spiritual discipline or practices helped you draw close to Christ and experience break-through.
  • Pick a partner and commit to practicing one of the disciplines this week and prepare to share your experience next week.

Break in groups to pray for one another. Be sure to follow up on how the action step of forgiveness is going from last week’s prayer.


Before Next Week:
– Pick someone to share next week from their Life Journal to kick off the group discussion.
– Ask someone volunteer their 4 minutes testimony next week
– Pray for one another in groups

Reading plan:
Day 1: Luke 9
Day 2: Luke 10
Day 3: Luke 11
Day 4: Luke 12
Day 5: Luke 13
Day 6: Luke 14
Day 7: Luke 15

Tricia Westfall

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